Green Infrastructure as Network of social space for Well-Being of Urban Residents: A Review

Mansor, Mazlina and Said, Ismail (2007) Green Infrastructure as Network of social space for Well-Being of Urban Residents: A Review. In: Proceeding of International Conference on Built Environment in Developing Countries (ICBEDC 2007), 3rd–4th December 2007, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.

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Abstract

This paper presents a conceptual framework on the role of green infrastructure as network of social space for health and well-being of urban residents. The framework is derived from a review of more than 70 theoretical and empirical studies on urban open spaces, greenery and greenways from six fields: urban ecosystem, arboriculture and forestry, urban planning and environmental planning, environmental psychology and behavior, preventative medicine, community health and health promotion, landscape architecture and renewable resources. Green infrastructure comprises of greenery and open spaces linked by streets, waterways and drainage ways around and between urban areas, at all spatial scales. It is a network of greenery that provides „green lung‟ for a city, promotes healthy society by providing spaces for recreational, social and leisure activities. Its main components are landform, vegetation, wildlife and water bodies. Physical experience with the greenery and open spaces trigger many positive moods such as feeling serene, peaceful, relaxation, comfort and restful. Cognitive experience allows people to establish personal meanings such as place identity, place attachment, topophilia and favorite place. Social experience affords sense of community integrity, community place attachment, bonding, participation, social territoriality and social imageability. Therefore, for the well-being of its residents, a town or city has to formulate the green infrastructure by organizing the landscape resources into a spatial arrangement consisting of patches, corridors and matrices.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Green infrastructure, Place attachment, Spatial arrangement, Personal meaning, Community integrity
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Landscape Architecture
Depositing User: FAB IR Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 05:56
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2013 05:56
URI: http://epublication.fab.utm.my/id/eprint/254

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